On Sunday, after several rounds of parleys, Channi, Punjab’s first Dalit chief minister, was selected for the post by the party high command, following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation.
Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as Punjab’s 16th chief minister on Monday. Channi a three-time MLA from Rupnagar’s Chamkaur Sahib – will be Punjab’s first Dalit Chief Minister.
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and OP Soni, both outgoing ministers in the previous Amarinder Singh cabinet, were also administered oath of office and secrecy by the Punjab Governor. They will be designated as deputy chief ministers.
In his first remarks after being sworn in, the 58-year-old Channi asked the Centre to withdraw the three contentious farm laws.
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi gets emotional in his first presser. He said, “we once didn’t have roof in our house, my mother & I used to get mud to plaster our walls, it’s Congress & @RahulGandhi‘s policies that I have become Chief Minister today” #कांग्रेस_दे_नाल_पंजाब pic.twitter.com/HcF1UM697d
— Gaurav Pandhi (@GauravPandhi) September 20, 2021
Thanking the party leadership, Channi told reporters here that the party has given a common person a great honour. He also described Rahul Gandhi as a “revolutionary leader”. Channi said he will become the voice of the common people of Punjab and will always remain accessible to the people.
He has served as Technical Education Minister in the Captain Amarinder Singh government.
According to the official website of the Punjab Government, Channi remained Municipal Councilor for three terms and moved on to become the President of Municipal Council Kharar for a two-term.
He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Chamkaur Sahib Consistency for the first time in 2007. He was elected to the assembly seat again in 2012 and then in 2017. In 2015, Channi was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha.
In 2017, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Employment Generation and also Science and Technology in the government of Punjab.
On Sundayafter several rounds of parleys, Channi, Punjab’s first Dalit chief minister, was selected for the post by the party high command, following Captain Amarinder Singh’s resignation.
Earlier today, leader Pawan Kumar Bansal informed that party leader Sukhjinder Randhawa and Brahm Mohindra will serve as two deputies to Punjab’s Chief Minister Channi.
Amarinder Singh on Saturday submitted his resignation to state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, following months of infighting between him and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. These development came months before the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.